Signal CEO resigns, WhatsApp co-founder to take over — RT World News

CEO of encrypted messaging app with ties to US government says he feels “comfortable replacing himself”

Facebook affiliate WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has been chosen to succeed Moxie Marlinspike as CEO of Signal, a popular encrypted messaging app with funding links to the US State Department.

Acton, previously executive chairman of Signal, is only taking over on an interim basis, according to Marlinspike (real name Matthew Rosenfeld), who founded the app in 2013. While the founder says he now feels “very comfortable”Replacing himself as CEO based on the squad they have and has met several CEO candidates over the past few months, no favorite has yet emerged to succeed him.





Signal’s resources increased dramatically in 2018, when Acton just arrived from Facebook with $ 50 million in seed capital four years after the social media giant acquired WhatsApp. While Marlinspike insisted that Signal “never [took] Venture capital financing or investment sought”, It’s true that the app was developed with millions of dollars in funding from the Open Technology Fund, itself a spin-off from Radio Free Asia, one of several US state propaganda channels operating under the auspices of the United States Agency for World Media (USAGM) and aimed at promoting Washington’s interests abroad.

The OTF (and by extension Signal) was allegedly triggered as part of an Obama-era State Department initiative to “”deploy ‘ghost’ internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments. ”

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As a result, Signal has become extremely popular with regime change movements overseas, perhaps most notably in Hong Kong. San Francisco-based encrypted messaging platform has “millionsOf users, according to Marlinspike.

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